Corfu is both the name of an Ionian island and its renowned port city. Corfu Island is 11 miles wide and 35 miles long. Its desirable climate and vivid, Mediterranean scenery explain the complex, fragmented history
of Corfu. Since ancient times until the Second World War, Greek, Eastern, and Western nations have all tried to permanently colonize its valuable location. Today, the serenity of this island contrasts with its tumultuous history. British, French, Byzantine, and Italian cultural influences intertwine within this Greek paradise.
A lush, natural preserve marks the innermost parts of Corfu Island. The high altitude of Mt. Pantocrator provides a scenic view of the Italian coastline. There is a sweet smell of rare flora in the air and butterflies flutter across grassy fields. Past the slopes of the rolling hills, 209 small villages crowd the coastline valleys and bays. Many Greek families harvest olives, fish and practice Orthodox religious traditions such as the Spyridon Festival
. Corfu the city sits at the westernmost edge of Greece and is the mouth of the Adriatic Sea.
Corfu town and the surrounding coastline offer visitors the choice of pristine beachfronts, decadent Mediterranean resorts, or a budding metropolis. Within the metropolis, the old and new Greek civilizations meet. The new town contains wireless internet, cafes, shopping, and pulsating discos. The old town, Liston area is a row of cafes where visitors can enjoy a quiet afternoon or a cricket match. Ancient placenames, histories, and a striking variety of architecture
harmoniously coexist in Corfu. With only a hundred thousand visitors per year, Corfu is not overdeveloped in most areas outside the main coastline.